BALTIMORE, MD—The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for help in identifying individuals who may be inciting violence during otherwise peaceful protests around the country.
“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights,” officials said in a statement. “Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory.”
“Accordingly, we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law,” the statement continued. “The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrators, as well as all other citizens.”
To help authorities identify those who are inciting violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting violent encounters surrounding the civil unrest that is happening throughout the country.
“Yesterday, Baltimore set an example for our nation,” Governor Larry Hogan said on Tuesday. “Thousands of young people and community leaders expressed their frustrations peacefully, while working with police to stand up to a handful of extremists with a violent agenda. This is how real, positive change happens.”
“The senseless murder of George Floyd and so many African Americans throughout our history shows we still have a long way to go to live up to our nation’s highest ideals,” Hogan added. “But I’m proud that Baltimore is showing the nation how we can begin to build a more perfect union.”
Anyone who has witnessed unlawful violent actions is urged to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to the case.
Tips can be submitted by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or via the submission form at this link.